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Trucking Defense Blog

We provide important legal developments, summaries and analyses impacting those involved in the trucking industry and the defense of trucking-related claims and lawsuits.

Trucking Defense Blog
January 12, 2021

Shareholder Larry Hall and Attorney Bridget Boyle Reflect on the Impact of Rule 26 Amendment on a Defense Attorney’s Ability to Defend A DOT Audit Through Discovery in a New DRI Article

Sandberg Phoenix shareholder Larry Hall and attorney Bridget Boyle recently published an article in DRI’s most recent issue of In Transit, Volume 23, “Fight the Good Fight to Prevent a DOT Audit Through Written Discovery.” Their piece reflects on the impact of Rule 26 amendment in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure on defense attorneys’ ability to defend a Department of Transportation audit through discovery.

Trucking Defense Blog
July 17, 2020

Legal Impact of COVID-19 for Trucking Companies

Conducting business during challenging times, mitigating risk, and planning for worst case scenarios is nothing new for the trucking industry. COVID-19, while unprecedented, is no different than many common daily challenges for trucking companies. To be successful, keep it simple. Know the rules, have a plan and execute the plan. While we provide some general guidance below, it's always best to consult an attorney about specific compliance questions.

Trucking Defense Blog
June 19, 2017

Illinois Trucking Association Leadership Program

Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard Associate Larry Hall recently completed the Illinois Trucking Association’s (ITA) Leadership Training Program. The multi-session program focuses on developing a range of leadership skills, meetings with ITA leadership, industry specific and communications training, and eduction on the promotion of the trucking industry. Larry was one of 15 graduates of the class.

Trucking Defense Blog
December 16, 2016

Should Trucking Companies Ban or Limit Cellphone Use

A controversial topic at many industry functions I have attended is whether trucking companies should ban or limit cellphone use by their drivers while behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle. This controversy was further illustrated in a recent article by David Wren entitled Lawsuit Settlement Could Lead to More Cellphone Bans by Trucking Firms. The article discusses a settlement agreement reached in a personal injury lawsuit, where the personal injury plaintiffs alleged the commercial vehicle operator was distracted because he was using a hands-free device to talk on his phone at the time of the crash.